How to Reignite Your Motivation
Motivation is an up and down roller coaster, but how do you turn it on when you need it? This is an issue that so many of us encounter and constantly try to find the answer to.
I, like many of you, go through periods where I am feeling like I need to take a break. It’s normal! This is not the lack of motivation I am talking about here.
The kind of un-motivation I am talking about is the one where you feel like you’re stuck in a slump for days! Nothing is getting done, and you just need to get out of the funk.
Here are some tips to get you back to that motivation mindset. You will be back to your productive self in no time!
Strip It All Down
One major thing that happens when I get going in too many different directions, mentally and physically, is that I am too scattered to pick up the pieces and move forward.
Last year I was working full time, trying to finish a degree and juggling all the other normal life tasks! Once I spent my brain power in those different areas, I didn’t have the motivation to work on my own projects and build myself up.
It is not a good idea to get this far! You become unhappier when you can’t find the brainpower and motivation to spend time working on you.
When my head is spinning, I take a few minutes and strip it all down to the actual tasks that NEED to get done and can’t wait.
When I have a lot going on at work for example, I take a post-it and write down the 5 major items that need to get done right away. I put them in order and assign a time frame to each item.
It’s natural to get distracted and your mind may really want to wander during each task. I keep myself on track when this happens by quietly saying out loud “get this done first”. Get the task you are working on done, before you focus on the next one. Work on training yourself to stop and focus only on the task at hand. This will allow you to not be sidetracked by thinking about everything else on your plate.
When you can complete a couple of your priority tasks and feel like it’s a “win”, you will be more motivated to continue to work on the rest. Climbing out of the hole slowly is the only way to go. If you go to fast, you risk overwhelming yourself again!
Seek Out Inspiration to Stay Motivated
When I am not feeling motivated, I have learned to turn to those who I find inspiring. The words they’ve written or the videos they’ve created make me feel like I can get stuff done too! Although I’ve visited the same videos, books and blogs time and time again, there is still inspiration for me to find and feel.
Find someone that speaks to you and makes you feel inspired to act.
In case you don’t already know this, starting a blog is hard work. When we were getting started, I wasn’t keeping up with everything that I needed to do to give you all a great product and worthwhile experience. I got myself re-inspired by joining online groups of bloggers who are going through the same experiences that I am! Reading through some of their blogs helped excite and motivate me to continue with my own tasks. Sometimes, I come across bloggers who say they don’t have time to do this and create content, but it’s so helpful to see someone else’s point of view on a topic!
I began to implement development time in the morning on my commute into work every day. This is my time to read those blog posts that others write, read their books, watch their videos, listen to podcasts, etc. For me, having a good morning makes my whole day. To learn more, check out
For an instant pick me up whenever you need it, create a playlist of videos that get you excited on YouTube.
Here are some of my favorites:
- A Story That Will Change Your Life by Lisa Nichols (presented by Be Inspired)
- Ted Talk: Surviving Disappearance, Re-Imagining & Humanizing Native Peoples by Matika Wilbur
- Let Go of Your Excuses and Take Responsibility For Your Success by Carrie Green
- Music videos (Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson)
Really, the blogging journey that we were embarking on was not easy and I was shying away instead of rising to the challenge. I found inspiration in the many things that others were accomplishing in their lives!
If you are feeling unmotivated about work, another great tip is to invite an office Rockstar or someone you look up to out for coffee to soak up some of their enthusiasm.
Unmotivated at home? I get this way about cleaning – anyone else?! This is a secret that I haven’t told anyone, I got motivated when I watched My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC and listened to the women talk about having a cleaning routine and got inspired by the deep cleaning they did on their homes. I certainly don’t have the time to do the same, but I got some great ideas, like wiping down my walls!
There is inspiration everywhere! Discover it and soak it up to help get yourself out of the funk.
If you are trying to get yourself motivated to start something new, discover ways to bring others on your journey!
When committing to doing something new, it’s easy to say it to yourself and leave it at that. We might do this because what we are attempting to do is big and/or scary. We don’t want to be a failure if we have a setback.
Often, we may also assume that others won’t care. This isn’t true! This world is full of so many different people and your story and your journey may be what they are looking for, or what they need to hear to inspire them to act.
When we commit to something publicly, we are creating accountability for ourselves and by opening ourselves up to others, we are gaining a support system to share our successes with. Which will help us feel more excited about getting motivated!
We started this blog. Others have started an Instagram page for their new project. Maybe it’s as simple as finding one friend or acquaintance that has the same interest. There are so many options to do this, so go find the one that is right for you.
The Take Away
When motivation has run out and you are feeling stuck, it comes down to making the choice to act. Stripping down your tasks to the true necessities, seeking out inspiration and committing publicly are great ways to get started!
One step at a time is all that it takes to climb out of the downturn that you are in. Now get to it, take these ideas and find what works for you. Start working towards getting your motivation back. I won’t promise it will be easy but choose to move forward and you will be surprised at what you are able to accomplish.
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Brandon and Cristal